I'm concerned about the amount of diarrhea Buttercup has had in the last week. First it started out loose but since yesterday, when I had to give her CMPK IV for milk fever, it is pure liquid with very little solids in it. I'm concerned about her electrolytes and stopping the diarrhea as soon as possible. I gave her some pepto bismol tabs today but it didn't seem to help and she isn't urinating much anymore either, probably because all of her fluids are going on her intestines. We did change her feed around the time she started with this diarrhea. I gave her a homemade electrolyte solution today and she is drinking lots of water but I need to know how to stop this.
No temp that I'm aware of but we don't have a proper thermometor to take her temp. Right around the time she started the diarrhea we started adding ground corn to her diet, she had already been getting oats. I also started giving her some senior horse feed, she loves that stuff. We do not have access to probiotic paste and are three hours from where we could purchase it. All I have are Acidophilus capsules.
[quote author=pattywy board=cow thread=56907 post=450735 time=1347253554 All I have are Acidophilus capsules.[/quote]
That is way better than nothing. Give her the people dose times 5, assuming that she weighs about 5 times more than you do. If you think she weighs more, times 7 or 8 for her. You can give her a couple cups of yogurt, as well.
How old is she? Have you considered Johnes??
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Any cow that breaks with watery diarrhea right after calving should be tested for Johnes. The stress of calving can allow the disease to become symptomatic, some Johnes cows even firm back up afterwards until the next calving. The ELISA (blood) test that's commonly used does NOT detect most cows that break with symptoms after calving, you will need to have her tested using the Direct Fecal PCR test.
Post by woodburngirl3 on Sept 10, 2012 7:14:53 GMT -5
AnnB is right on target. I found this out the hard way.
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Cows down with milk fever will sometimes have a digestive problem that creates the diarrhea. Good grass hay with some probiotics should firm things up in a few days.
I agree that you probably want to do a Johnes test. Don't do the ELISA test but the Fecal PCR. If she comes back positive and you have not been able to stop the diarrhea get her sold to the butcher ASAP. Once a cow "breaks" you can't stop the diarrhea and she will quickly starve to death. No quarantine issue to deal with but if she looses to much weight you might not get much for her.
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